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Wednesday, February 9, 2011
My Sweetly Scented Frenchman
Louis Philippe is a densely petaled rose.
Its color is intensely deep variations of magenta hues often with lighter streaks gracing the petals. Sweetly scented is each flower that matures to 1-3 inches in diameter.
I first met Louis at Florida Native Plants Nursery a couple of years ago. At the time I had long given up on growing roses in my Florida garden. But when I witnessed, in the middle of January, a rather large shrub blooming profusely in the shade of oak trees it was love at first sight.
Old Garden Roses or antique roses are characterized as having been discovered before 1867~~much younger than species roses. There are many subclassifications of OGR's and Louis Philippe is considered a China rose.
After purchasing just one to try my hand at this beauty it wasn't long before I added several more. It is remarkably care free and disease resistant. Who knew it was possible?
Just the thought of roses used to equal trouble in my mind. But now! It's easy to sing the praises of a cold hardy, evergreen, continually blooming rose like Louis Philippe.
Roses are typically heavy feeders and picky about location and soil. Not Louis Philippe or "Cracker Rose" as he is known in Florida for his reliability in our climate. Uncharacteristic of most roses, LP can be grown in full sun or part shade. I feed mine with blood meal, bone meal, compost, and any other organics like aged horse manure (when I get it) every 6-8 weeks.
What a perfect time for Louis Philippe to be so vibrant. Just in time to share the love in February and help celebrate Valentine's Day.
Adding to my romance with these treasured "old Florida" roses is the natural carpet of petals left on the ground from spent blooms.
What a joy to blend these shrubs into my naturalistic garden with such ease. I've got a thing for Louis Philippe. Every part of this handsome Frenchman is lyrically stunning ...